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Originally refered to English cricket supporters traveling to Australia to watch the ashes series in 1994/95. Barmy because of all the money they spent to get there to warch a team who had no hope of winning (they didn't). Army because of the 100's of them who would all sit together, cheering on and supporting the team.

It is now generally used for any large group of English cricket supporters on tour anywhere in the world. It can occasionally be used to include other English teams - It's use for rugby is just about acceptable but certainly not for football.
'Atherton's Barmy Army'
by Revrat October 23, 2007
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Enthusiastic club (circa Euro '96 onwards) of supporters of the England football team who travel the world to see their team play.

They sell branded shirts which are bought by adolescent thugs who don't understand the irony.
barmy army...barmy army...barmy army...
(through the whole 90 minute game).
by English Boy December 08, 2004
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Pathetic, Overated Hype invented by New Zealand's Imperialist-Scum Media used to create public hype and exploit the game of rugby when no such other hype exists for Wallaby or Springbok games of which are held more than once a year.
just cos the those barmy army lions play in NZ only once every 12 years, it doesnt make it any different from the Australians or South Africans who play here for 3 weeks per team at a time every year, this Barmy Army shit is majorly over-rated.
by Brother Number One June 29, 2005
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